Danny Mills has insisted Raphinha will not be risked by Leeds United against Manchester United on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed there was no point playing the winger when Leeds are safe and he could suffer a fresh setback that could keep him out for three months.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his pre-match press conference that the Brazilian had not trained ahead of the game and they were monitoring him on a daily basis.
Raphinha has been missing since picking up an injury in Leeds’ stunning 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.
“I think it’s very unlikely you’ll start if you haven’t trained for a couple of weeks,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Especially the way Bielsa likes to do things, you’re going to be a little bit off the pace. I’d be very surprised.
“Also, the fact that Leeds are safe now and well safe.
“What are they going to risk him for? Yes, it’s a big game against Manchester United but do you start risking players for what? An extra place in the table?
“That doesn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things and if you risk him he could break down and be out for two or three months.
“You have to look after the player’s welfare long-term as much as you want to put the record straight against Manchester United.”
Man United humiliated Leeds at Old Trafford earlier this season with a 6-2 victory at Old Trafford.
However, the Yorkshire giants come into the game after a win over Man City and a draw with Liverpool.